Wednesday, May 18

Spain. 8-year-old dies in gusty bouncy castle accident

An 8-year-old has succumbed to her injuries after a bouncy castle accident in Mislata, near Valencia, in eastern Spain. Eight other children were injured, one seriously.

The bouncy castle, set up for a local party, had been propelled into the air by gusts of wind. “There are no words, it’s a real tragedy,” said the mayor of this town, Carlos Bielsa, on Twitter where he published a statement announcing the death of the little girl.

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The town has decreed three days of mourning and canceled all the celebrations still planned for the holidays including the Three Kings parade which was to take place on Wednesday evening, on the eve of Epiphany, as in most Spanish cities.

An open investigation

Police have opened an investigation to determine if this bouncy castle meets safety standards.

The accident comes after six children died in a similar drama in Australia. A large bouncy castle was blown by the wind at an elementary school year-end party in the Tasmanian town of Devenport, a drama that stirred deep emotion across the country.

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